Diverse voices: the 50 best culturally diverse books. This list of culturally diverse books to read, savour and recommend is a joyous celebration of the 50 most fabulous books for children of all ages living in multiracial, multicultural UK today.
"This list of culturally diverse books to read, savour and recommend is a joyous celebration of the 50 most fabulous books for children of all ages living in multiracial, multicultural UK today." Although this list is UK based, most of the books represent multiracial and multicultural population of the USA as well. – kimberlymlewis
Thanks to Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books for sharing the list with us today – and to the experts they called on to pull it together: Julia Eccleshare (the Guardian children's books editor), Jake Hope (from Youth Libraries Group), Library specialist Sarah Smith and Katherine Woodfine from the Book Trust.
Tomorrow we'll be launching a discussion blog where you can share your favourite and most inspirational diverse books of all kinds – and there'll be features, blogs, galleries and other stuff on diversity on the site all this week so stay tuned! Early Years Amazing Grace By Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Caroline Binch (Frances Lincoln Children's Books) The classic picture book about the little girl who loves stories and shows us that we can be anything we want to be.
Autism Children Books.
A book list for children on the autism spectrum. – kimberlymlewis
Children's Books About Disabilities. This list has been sorted by the books' readability levels.
To find what you want, click on a readability grouping below: AC = Adult Read to Children. For Pre-K to Grade 3, ranging from 10 to 30 pages, with illustrations; typically designed for parents to read to their children. JE = Juvenile Easy Reader. For children who are beginning to read on their own, such as those in Grades 1-2; ranging from 30 to 80 pages; illustrations are included to break up the text. JF = Juvenile Fiction. YA = Young Adult. A = Adult. Sarah is a new girl at school who is curious about why Andy spins his yellow frisbee every day by himself on the playground. Welcome to Multicultural Children's Literature.
Hi Kimberly - I notice this list uses the word "Americans" in conjunction with heritage (i.e. "Latino/HIspanic Americans"). Are all the books exclusively about Americans? Or aren't there some simply from Chinese or Spanish or Argentine or Jamaican people? Also, I would say that some at least are of interest to readers and learners well beyond the sixth grade level. This is a good site...thank you! -- L. Uelmen – lizuelmen
"This web site contains links to annotated bibliographies of children's multicultural books appropriate for the elementary grades (kindergarten through grade six). Cultural groups currently listed include: African Americans, Chinese Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans, Japanese Americans, Jewish Americans, Native Americans, and Korean Americans. Books are categorized by genre: realistic fiction, information (non-fiction), traditional literature, biography, historical fiction, poetry, and fantasy" – kimberlymlewis
Little Parachutes: Children's picture books about Physical Disabilities.
"Books that either inform and educate able-bodied children on physical disabilities, or acknowledge the challenges/celebrate the positive aspects of living with a physical disability." I can already see several books from this website that would benefit students in my school. – kimberlymlewis
"Welcome to Guys Read, a web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka. Our mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers." – kimberlymlewis
Multicultural Literature Book Lists. There is no single definition of the term "multicultural literature" as it is applied to books for children and young adults.
"All children deserve books in which they can see themselves and the world in which they live reflected. Multicultural literature belongs in every classroom and library -- on the shelves and in the hands of children, librarians, and teachers. The challenge for librarians, teachers and others is identifying authentic, reliable books by and about people of color. This page is designed to provide resources to aid in that search." – kimberlymlewis
At the CCBC, we use the term to mean books by and about people of color.
All children deserve books in which they can see themselves and the world in which they live reflected. Multicultural literature belongs in every classroom and library -- on the shelves and in the hands of children, librarians, and teachers. The challenge for librarians, teachers and others is identifying authentic, reliable books by and about people of color.
This page is designed to provide resources to aid in that search. The CCBC compiles annual statistics on the number of books published annually by and about people of color. CCBC Resources CCBC Bibliographies and Booklists: We strive to integrate multicultural literature into all of our work here at the CCBC. Other CCBC-recommended books: check out the Advanced Search feature of our searchable database of CCBC-recommended titles.